2012-13 Applicants

California State University, Fresno


 

Contact Information more...

Penny Lacy
Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno
2345 E San Ramon Ave., M/S MH 29
Fresno CA, 93740
(559) 278-5027
(559) 278-6579
pennyl@csufresno.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/21/2013
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
100%

Program Description more...

California State University, Fresno has a well-established graduate program in physical therapy. The Physical Therapy faculty members are an impressive group devoted to their students and the profession of Physical Therapy. Collectively, they are a professionally and personally diverse group with expertise in geriatrics, pediatrics, neurophysiology and neuro-rehab, clinical orthopedics, manual therapy, anatomy, exercise science, biomechanics, motor learning and motor control, electrophysiology, research methods and statistics. The faculty members have vast clinical expertise in all major areas of practice. The majority of faculty conducts research on an on-going basis and routinely present and publish work in collaboration with our students.

Students attending Fresno State will have an opportunity to work with faculty members in diverse research and clinical environments including fall reduction in the older adult, balance and gait, partial body weight treadmill training, motor learning and motor control, outcome measures in post total knee replacements, osteoarthritis, pediatrics, osteoporosis, gaze stabilization in athletes, reaching in children with cerebral palsy, effects of language barriers on outcome measures in physical therapy, and gait training in Parkinson's disease. State-of-the-art equipment, including the HUMAC NORM Isokinetic System, EquiTest Computerized Dynamic Posturography and Balance Master by NeuroCom International, Inc, 8 channel surface EMG (Noraxon), 3 D motion analysis (Optotrak), 2 adult and 2 pediatric lite-gait units for partial body weight treadmill training are available for faculty and students as part of our Gait, Balance, and Mobility Research and Education Center. This center was developed to study best practice models for persons with gait, balance, or mobility disorders. In addition, faculty and students have access to the newly updated Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology for metabolic and body composition analysis.

The faculty are dedicated educators and highly accessible. In addition to the seven full-time physical therapist faculty members many other professionals contribute to the Program including physicians, physical therapists, and other health care professionals. We are very fortunate to have a community that is supportive of this program achieving its mission with our students.

The curriculum is contemporary and innovative. Students learn in small class sizes in well-equipped classroom facilities. They have ongoing patient contact in the Program such as patients visiting the classroom and regular trips to local clinics, as well as our on-campus Gait, Balance, and Mobility Education and Research Center that contains state-of-the-art equipment for testing and treating patients. In addition, faculty and students are involved in our Musculoskeletal clinic that provides physical therapy services for students on campus.

The aim of the DPT program at Fresno State is to create a preeminent center of learning and discovery in physical therapy at the clinical doctoral level to prepare physical therapists to meet new health care demands. To achieve this, the curriculum is designed over 3 years including summers. Students enter the program as a cohort with courses offered once a year. The program requires a total of 110 units with students maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program. Students accepted in the DPT are required to complete a Medical Terminology course the summer prior. The DPT program requires passing all coursework, a case report presentation at the end of the second year, satisfactory completion of 30 weeks of full-time clinical externships, and successful completion of an evidenced based research position paper with an oral presentation during their third year in lieu of the dissertation. Students are eligible to take the national licensing examination only after the successful completion of the DPT program. Throughout the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on an evidence-based clinical approach to patient care. Students will learn to be consumers of literature and know how to critique research evidence as it applies to patient care. Learning activities will center on active student involvement through clinical coursework, case studies, clinical investigations, literature critiques, and patient care.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

1. CSU Graduate Online Application [REQUIRED]: www.csumentor.edu
Application is available beginning October 1, 2012. Department filing deadline is November 30, 2012.

2. Fall 2013 Fresno State DPT Application Instructions [MUST READ]:
Click Here for application instructions.

3. Fall 2013 Fresno State DPT Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form [REQUIRED]
Deadline: October 15, 2012
Click Here for supplemental form.


Program Requirements:
Applicants must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA for the 10 required prerequisite courses and a minimum of 100 observation hours under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist (50 hours must be in a general inpatient or acute setting). GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and submissions of a PTCAS application and a CSU Mentor application are required.  If the above criteria are met, applicants will be invited for an interview the first part of February 2013. Students with incomplete applications will not be considered.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
Upper-division Coursework of Bachelor's Degree
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a total prerequisite GPA of 3.0. An overall GPA of 3.0 on all upper-division coursework of bachelor's degree is also required. AP credit, CR/NC grades,or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. Only those prerequisite courses completed by the end of the fall 2012 semester will be counted toward ranking of candidates for selection into the graduate program. Applicants must hold or be eligible to receive a bachelor's degree by the end of the spring semester prior to admission to the program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7798
University GRE code
4312
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/02/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2006
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
 
Analytical writing scaled score
4.5
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
PTCAS applicants must arrange for ETS to send official GRE scores to 7798 (PTCAS code for CSUF PT program) AND 4312 (CSUF university code).

Old GRE score scale:

Average Verbal score for accepted students: 440 (new scale: 149)

Average Quantitative score for accepted students: 590 (new scale: 148)

Average Analytical Writing score for accepted students: 4.0

Observation Hours

 
Provide evidence of knowledge of physical therapy through employment, volunteer work, or observation in a physical therapy department for a minimum of 100 hours. Fifty hours must be in a general in-patient setting; 50 hours may be in a special area of practice. All observation hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/08/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
* For CSU Graduate Online Application, go to www.csumentor.edu

* For Fresno State DPT Application Instructions, go to link above.

* For Fresno State DPT Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form, go to link above.



Supplemental Requirements
Official transcripts
Official GRE scores sent to codes 7798 and 4312
Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-10-15
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent to PTCAS on your behalf; one and/or two must be from a licensed physical therapist and a non-physical therapy professor (preference). A single 3rd accepted reference may be from the list above. Fresno State PT Department faculty including IHRS faculty reference letters are NOT accepted.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International students cannot be admitted to the DPT program prior to coming to the United States for several reasons:

(1) the application for the DPT program requires completion of 10 prerequisite courses [with a C or above] to be taken at a U.S. institution,

(2) the required 100 contact hours with a licensed physical therapist must be in the United States including 50 in-patient hours, and

(3) the applicant must be available in the spring semester prior to fall semester admission for an interview.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a minimum of 8/10 of the specified prerequisite courses at time of application. No more than one science (if semester-based course; two if the course is quarter-based) and one non-science prerequisite courses can be in progress after the fall term prior to matriculation.

Applicants must receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a total prerequisite GPA of 3.0. An overall GPA of 3.0 on all upper-division coursework of bachelor’s degree is also required. AP credit, CR/NC grades, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. Only those prerequisite courses completed by the end of the fall 2012 semester will be counted toward ranking of candidates for selection into the graduate program.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
Human Anatomy lecture and lab. Must be separate course. Will not accept combined anatomy and physiology course with lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Organic
Motor Development
Science-based, Upper division motor development course.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human Physiology lecture and lab. Must be separate course. Will NOT accept combined anatomy and physiology course with lab.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
General or Introductory Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology OR Psychological Aspects of Disability.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Statistics
Any Introduction to Statistics course
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics